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I think I did something very stupid

dmoonchildddmoonchild Posts: 383
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Pain Management
Had a very bad pain day yesterday. I cleaned out my Fathers bed room ( he passed away last month). It was very emotional and painful. ANyway when I got home, My husband had gone out food shopping with the kids. He hold all of my medication in a lock box for safty and securety and that I dont take any more than Im supposed to. Well, I had an old bottle of vivodin from my previos pm dr. and I took 2 of them about 8pm. I didnt think anything of it and I told my husband when he returned so he could adjust my nightly dose. He brought up the fact that I may be breaking my pain contract by taking old medicine. Im freaking out now. I cant stop crying. I have my monthly appointment tomorrow at 11. I will certainly tell the Dr what happened. I have NEVER abused my meds in any way shape of form ever. Im so ashamed how stupid I was. I just thinking. Im so upset. Are the Dr's ever understanding? It truly was an honest mistake.


  • I'm not under a pain contract so I may speak out of turn here.

    If I understand you correctly, you couldn't access your meds because they were locked up and your husband wasn't home. So you found this old bottle of vicodin and took two pills.

    I would think that as long as you didn't overtake your daily dose of vicodin (per your pain contract), you would be just fine.

    I can't imagine having to clean out your dad's bedroom after just losing him a month ago. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and it's SO hard. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Don't freak out about the pain pills too much -- you're very emotional right now and things will look better to you in the morning. If there's an issue with what you did, just talk frankly with your doctor. Those pain contracts sound like you're in prison -- there has to be some leeway for being human.

    Take care and feel better,

  • Judy, I did not over take my regular meds and instead, did not take my regular breakthru of oxycodone because I took the vicodin. These vicodins were prescribed to me from my previos pain management dr back in March 2009. I only had the 2 left. My husband said the same thing you did. He also said just be honest it was an honest mistake after a very emotional day. My hubby is coming to my appointment with me tomorrow for support. He is so awesome.
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  • that your husband is going with you tomorrow. I remember how I felt when my mom died. I over-reacted to just about everything though I don't mean to imply that you are overreacting. I just know what an emotional time this is, how it must be effecting your pain levels and how good it is that your husband is going with you to see the doc. I think everything will be alright. Let us know what happens. Susan
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,525
    And Yes, you should never hold back from telling a doctor what you did, even if its a bad thing. The doctor to patient agreement is always held in high regard.
    What I am thinking towards is to WHY you needed to take those old pills? It seems to me that the current medications you are on handle your problem. If not , then you husband would not have to lock them away
    I am neither Judge nor jury, but I would have a frank discussion with your doctor tomorrow. It seems (from what you have posted) is that you need more relief than what is normally prescribed.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • so much for not judging me. do you think Im over reacting? I know I cry over the slightest thing. My Mom & I were on the phone last night crying for about 2 hours. She is so sad. I wish I could take some of her pain away. They were married for 50 yrs. I was with my Father when he passed. It was actually a very beautiful experience. He also had severe back pain . We had that in common and would share our pain stories all the time.
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  • If you are not tested don't mention it. You took something that was prescribed to you a few months back so it is not like you have done something illegal or took something that was not prescribed for you. I have an excellent relationship with my PM and have been with him for years. He does not require a contract but I have seen people talk about the contract here. I do not think it would be worth the risk to bring it up at all if you don't have to. Good luck and let us know what happens.
  • the problem is that drug screens are taken at the end of the appointment. Ive only had to take 1 since Ive been there ( I started in May) and right at the end of the appointment you are either sent to the waiting room for your prescriptions or to the Pee Pee room.
  • My mother lived with me so we were very, very close. She took diuretics for her blood pressure and so needed to eat bananas to replenish her potassium. I would always make a point to buy bananas when I was at the store. Several weeks after she died, I was in the grocery store and I walked past the bananas and started bawling. I also remember that little problems seemed very, very difficult. Fortunately, my spinal problems were just in their infancy so I didn't have any pain yet. I was hypersensitive. In fact, I became quite depressed. I'm just writing to offer my condolences and my sympathy and to say I can only imagine how you must be feeling. You must be careful to be extra kind to yourself as you are grieving. I think Paul and JJ make a good point. Hang in there.
  • med contract all about anyways? Did you take the wrong meds before or was that someone else. I guess I am a little confused as you took something that was prescribed to you or not? Why are your meds locked up? Maybe there is an underlying problem that I completely missed. Good luck at your visit today hope all goes well!!
  • crying all night long. I resched the appointment until Wed. Im so sorry everyone. I cont believe how stupid I was.

    Hope4leo: my meds are locked up for a fer reasons
    1) I have 2 kids
    2) In case someone breaks in ( I used to be a Parole Officer and a big mouth at work told everyone, including parolees that I take meds)
    3) So I never never take more than Im supposed to
    4) It gets my husband involved in my care. He is the BOSS of those meds.
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